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Plantin - Moretus Museum

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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 03 221 1450
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Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the...

Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.

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Wow, this was unreal. I didn't know or think much about the printing business until we stayed touring this place. We opted for the audio tour (a little extra $) and I am happy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Shelly B
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow, this was unreal. I didn't know or think much about the printing business until we stayed touring this place. We opted for the audio tour (a little extra $) and I am happy we did. I got so much more out of the tour than just walking around and reading the signs. The best part of the tour was... More 

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Coleford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This Museum is primarily concerned with printing and a highlight is the collection of printing presses in working order, including the two oldest presses in the world. The Museum also tells the story of local dignitaries who enriched the thriving city of Antwerp with their collecting and studies and offers a worthwhile opportunity to find out more about this fascinating... More 

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's the first museum on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It was an industrial building for printing in the 16th century. Today it houses type metal and apparatuses for printing. It's interesting to see how people did the movable-type printing centuries ago in the West.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum which displays the story of print and printed books from Gutemberg´s bible (of which they have an original ) through many documents, machines and books themselves.

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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Plantin-Moretus Museum was another family home, but the the family had been book publishers for several centuries. The museum is thus a combination printing and art museum. We got to see the typecasting foundry, the print shop, the proofreading room, the library, business offices, and sales room. That last had a posted list of the Catholic Church's Index of... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have surely visited this museum during my school years, a long long time ago, so I had to check it out again. Studying to get a certificate as a (tour) guide, I am starting to look at history differently. This is an amazing place. Christoffel Plantijn had a big collection of handwritten and painted books, next to his own... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was here last month, and it was exactly as described. The museum is significantly big and you feel like you are walking in the shoes of people who lived there. Takes around 1.5-2 hours if you go with the audio guide.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Deservedly highly rated, though would help to have an existing interest in the field of printing or similar. Should be able to get 2 euro reduction if you show Eurostar ticket. Good video is located towards the end of the normal route so may be worth trying to go there first. Audio tour probably a good idea as not many... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I was looking forward to visiting, having read previous reviews. However, I hadn't realised how delightful the building itself would be. A fascinating place to spend a few hours. I would recommend hiring an audio guide for 2 euros to get the most from the self-guided tour.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

This museum is a World Heritage Site for good reason- it is fantastic! There is no disabled access in the museum, and there are several short flights of stairs. It's possible to see the entire ground floor though, which includes everything except the map collection, anatomical plates, and the libraries. There are convenient lockers, and fold out chairs which can... More 

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